Pop Goes the Culture celebrates one year of blogging

Congratulations to Star Wars guru and Nerdvana contributor Dustin Diehl on one year of blogging at Pop Goes the Culture! When he was starting out on the path of a superstar Jedi blogger, Dustin used the East Valley Tribune’s community blogs to promote his movie reviews at PGtC. When those user-generated blogs went away as […]

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‘Stargate’ video game director speaks out

A website devoted to saving the troubled Stargate online games Resistance and Worlds has published a two-part interview with creative director and studio head Jim Brown on the struggles and possible future of the projects. In November, the Arizona company Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment lost the license to make games based on MGM’s Stargate movie and […]

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‘The Empire Strikes Back’ — Worst trailer ever for the best movie ever?

I’ve only seen this trailer a few times, and each time it completely throws me. Maybe it’s the presentation. I mean, I know it was, like, forever ago, but the announcer sounds like a super-geeky combination of a pre-pubescent Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. The voice even seems to change at least once during the […]

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Nerdvana Rewind: Monster Manual set to music

While I’m away a-wassailing, enjoy this dip into the archives — February 2010, to be exact — for a marvelous musical interpretation of the Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual! If you are a fan of Dungeons & Dragons, especially the old-school, black-and-white style of the earlier TSR rulebooks, you’ll love this animated music video from […]

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Modifying video game controllers, the Evil way

In a piece for Sunday’s East Valley Tribune, reporter Nicole Klauss profiled Evil Controllers, a Tempe company that modifies video game equipment. As Klauss writes, it’s not always just about having an advantage: Part of the company’s business model includes customizing controllers to help people with disabilities enjoy video games. Do you use “modded” controllers […]

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